Discussion from "Jomar Statkun" exhibition at Garis & Hahn, 2014
Garis & Hahn was pleased to present Jomar Statkun, an exhibition of the artist’s complete work to date. The collection was installed in the gallery's downstairs space, leaving the upstairs empty until work was introduced through weekly “decorations” that slowly transformed the main space. Through participation and performance, visitors were invited to the basement “Public Viewing Room” to interact with the artist as well as look at, examine, and handle the works of art. This marked the gallery’s first solo show by an exhibiting artist. An opening reception was held on January 19th, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM at Garis & Hahn (263 Bowery), followed by a weekly roster of programming developed around Statkun’s work.
￼At the start of the exhibition, the gallery's upstairs space was empty. As a result of various prompts, interactions, games, and activities, the upstairs was gradually “decorated” with works from the collection that resided in the basement. A new prompt, interaction, game, or activity, which addresses a 'Presentation,' was introduced on select days throughout the duration of the exhibition (a total of 5 weeks). A history of these weekly “decorations” remained on the upstairs gallery walls in varying forms of reproductions. Throughout the exhibition Jomar Statkun assumed the roles of art handler, curator, dealer, and artist on a daily basis.
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - Sunday, February 23, 2014
About the Artist
Jomar Statkun was born in Freehold, New Jersey in 1972. His official/birth certificate name is Joseph Marino Statkun. It's believed he was born in the same hospital as Bruce Springsteen. He grew up in a small town called Allentown (that's Allentown, New Jersey, not Pennsylvania). He is a quarter Filipino, a quarter Chinese, a quarter Polish, and a quarter Lithuanian. His father used to be a missionary priest. Growing up, his greatest mentor was the cosmologist and geologian, Thomas Berry. In high school he had the school record for the 400 meter hurdles at 55.5 seconds. He loved to organize and invent games for his friends in the neighborhood where he grew up. He can play the theme song to E.T. on the piano. He was awarded the Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn award at Boston University where he received his MFA degree. He is a founding member of the project This Red Door. He has worked at Art Crating and Gagosian Gallery. He has been a professor at Columbia University and Pratt Institute, and has been a visiting artist at numerous institutions.
Jomar Statkun currently lives and works in New York.
A special thank you to:
Daniel Bozhkov, Anna Bradfield, Blake Carrington, Mike Cloud, Aram Jibilian, Michael Levin, Christopher Stackhouse, and Joan Waltemath
Thank you to Garis & Hahn
Jomar Statkun 2014